'Easy on the judging… having an abortion is not MY world': Toddlers & Tiaras' mom Wendy Dickey lashes out at Vanessa Williams for slamming pageant world
22:56 GMT, 3 May 2012
One of Toddlers & Tiaras' most controversial mothers has lashed out at Vanessa Williams for criticising children's beauty pageants.
Wendy Dickey from Georgia, the mother who dressed her three-year-old as a prostitute, shot back at the actress who said her children will never compete in pageants because 'that's not my world.'
The reality TV star told TMZ: 'Posing nude and having an abortion is 'not my world' and I would never have my kids do that… so, easy on the judging Vanessa.'
War: Vanessa Williams (left) has criticised the children's pageant world which has sparked anger from Wendy Dickey, Toddlers & Tiaras' controversial mother
The 49-year-old actress, who was crowned Miss America in 1984, told Anderson Cooper on his talk show that she had written You Have No Idea, her new book, as a result of her disapproval of the children's pageant world.
The Anderson episode, which airs today, shows the journalist asking her: 'When you see these shows now, like Toddlers & Tiaras, what do you think of these little girls'
She responds: 'Well, that's why I wrote the book, I mean, really.'
Mr Cooper then asks her: 'Do you think these girls are being pushed into it too soon'
Opinionated: The actress went on Anderson Cooper's talk show to talk about her new book You Have No Idea, co-written by her mother Helen Williams
The actress says: 'I think they don't know what they're doing. When the child is screaming and saying, “I don't want to do this, I don't feel like doing it”, when they're using special juice to get them hyped… I would never have my kids do that.'
Helen Williams, her mother and the co-author of the new book, sits beside her during the interview.
Mr Cooper asks the pair: 'Do you think it's more about the parents'
Mrs Williams responds: 'Oh yeah, I think so.'
Mrs Dickey, the mother of pageant star
Paisley who is also featured in the TLC reality series, may have voiced
her anger after learning about the controversial content of the
mother-daughter duo's new book.
Beauty queen: The actress after being crowned 1984's Miss America
Besides writing about the world of pageants, it details Miss Williams' naked photo shoot for Penthouse magazine, her teenage abortion and her childhood molestation claims.
Of course, the actress has experienced plenty of positive experiences which she has also written about.
She said: 'I've been asked many times to write a memoir… there are so many people now that know me from Ugly Betty, know me from Desperate Housewives, that didn't even know that I can sing, didn't know my recording career.
'[They] assumed… “Oh, tell me about your pageant days, what are your tricks, you must have some tricks.” I said I'm not one of those girls, I don't have tricks.'
She added in regards to those pageant days: 'I ended up winning it… and I remember my friends, when I won, they said, “You have no idea who they just crowned.”
'I became Miss America and people didn't even know about me smoking pot, having a boyfriend, having an abortion.'